Lib Dems highlight risks to public as bus CCTV footage is destroyed

Simon Hughes, Liberal Democrat MP for North Southwark and Bermondsey, and Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, have been alarmed to discover that CCTV footage on buses is only kept for one week. After being contacted by a constituent who was allegedly assaulted by a driver on a 42 bus, Simon was shocked to discover the Transport for London and East Thames Buses had no record of the incident because CCTV footage had been destroyed.

Simon has been in touch with the Commissioner of Transport for London. Commenting on the situation, Simon said "I am really concerned that valuable evidence is being destroyed. It may take more than a week for the need to look at CCTV to be identified and I have asked the Commissioner to review and improve their policy."

Caroline Pidgeon, who chairs the London Assembly Transport Committee at City Hall, has also taken the issue up and has put a question to the Mayor of London for the September Mayor's Question Time.